Archive: Jan 2020

Impact Screens: Choosing the Best Fabric

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The impact screens used in golf practice simulators represent a growing market with many unique challenges. They must show a clear image of the simulated fairway while remaining durable enough to stand up to thousands of impacts over time. Ultimately, the performance of the simulator hinge on the quality of the fabric used to create the screen. Choosing the appropriate fabric to meet these challenges is vital to the production of a quality screen.

Impact Screens – An Overview

The market for impact screens is actually fairly new. It began emerging within the past decade, leading to many experiments and innovations within the industry as manufacturers tried to determine the best fabrics for the job.

As time has passed, however, the market has drastically grown-and the technology has evolved right along with it. Impact screens need to be smooth and light to maintain a clear projection image. However, since golf balls can reach startlingly high speeds, it is absolutely vital that the screen be made from fabric that can safely absorb the impact without damage or tearing.

At Jason Mills we produce a good, better, best line of materials designed to meet your specific impact screen needs. We offer varying degrees of material density – created by a combination of needles per inch and yarn weight – to produce fabrics for standard and high definition imagery.

Impact screen

Impact Screen Material-Choosing the Best for Your Application

A golf impact screen is only as good as the fabric it is made from. There are a variety of factors to consider when creating impact screens:

  • The fabric should allow the ball to hit the screen with minimal bounce back or puckering.
  • The screen should absorb the sound of the impact.
  • The impact screen should be durable.
  • The fabric must be capable of displaying a bright, high-contrast image.

Polyester mesh fabrics are excellent choices when seeking a fabric for impact screens, as polyester is made from a powerful synthetic resin often utilized to create fibers used in industrial textiles.

Another important consideration for impact screens is their size. Wider screens will, generally speaking, provide a more satisfactory experience. This is where we really stand apart from the competition at Jason Mills—our textiles for golf impact screens are always a minimum of 120 inches wide, offering an ideal choice for most simulator needs.

Golf impact screen simulator

Case Study-Golf Impact Screen Manufacturer

Recently, our composite fabrics were tested by an industry-leading manufacturer of impact screens used in commercial golf simulators. Our Premium and Preferred models were both analyzed, both of which utilize our knitted composite textiles.

Testers practiced their golf swings, landing approximately 34,000 shots in total. Even after this intense usage, both screens held up well. In fact, the Premium screen exhibited hardly any stretching, and maintained a particularly clear image throughout the testing phase.


Knitted Textiles From Jason Mills

At Jason Mills, we are the knit textiles experts. No matter your needs, we can research and develop an appropriate knitted composite fabric that meets all of the challenges of your application. To work with us on your next project, contact us or request a quote today.

Medical Textiles: Properties, Classifications

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Medical textiles are versatile fibrous fabrics designed to safely treat wounds and medical conditions. You will generally find one of two main groups of fibers utilized within medical textiles: commodity fibers and specialty fibers.

Commodity fibers are fairly standard and are often made out of materials such as cotton, polyester, or nylon. Specialty fibers, on the other hand, are more unique. Also known as high-performance fibers, specialty fibers are specifically designed to have a wider range of technical uses when compared to commodity fibers. These small-batch fibers each fill a niche within the industry and can be sorted into three groups: high strength, heat resistant, and chemical resistant.

Medical textiles differ from other types of fabrics in that they are designed with medical use in mind. As such, they have a number of properties that make them ideal for use in this field. Medical textiles are typically:

  • Non-toxic
  • Non-carcinogenic
  • Non-allergenic
  • Fully biocompatible
  • Anti-microbial

Classifications

Since there are such a large range of applications for medical textiles, they are categorized into four different categories :

. Implantable

These medical textiles are biocompatible and designed to be used within the human body. Implantable materials have a wide range of restorative uses—for example, they may be used to replace damaged blood vessels, suture wounds, stand in as artificial skin, or replace damaged heart valves. Since it is absolutely vital that implantable materials pose no biological risks, the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) performs vigorous testing to ensure the biocompatibility of these textiles.

. Non-Implantable

While non-implantable textiles are safe for use on the skin, they are never implanted within the body. Some examples of non-implantable materials include bandages, surgical dressings, and gauze—essentially, any type of textile that comes into direct contact with a wound but is not absorbed into the body.

. Extracorporeal Devices

This type of medical textile is used as a stand-in for essential organs that aren’t functioning correctly. Generally, these devices are made from hollow fibers. Examples include:

  • Mechanical lungs
  • Artificial kidneys
  • Artificial livers

. Healthcare and Hygiene

This category makes up a large portion of the medical textiles market. Healthcare and hygiene products are designed to either be washable or discarded after a single use. Some examples include:

  • Patient lift systems/body slings
  • Surgical gowns
  • Masks
  • Bedding
  • Mattress covers
  • Wipes

These textiles help to prevent infection and contamination in a broad range of healthcare applications.

Medical textiles

Jason Mills Medical Textile Offerings

At Jason Mills, we strive to meet the healthcare industry’s constantly evolving needs. We research, design, and engineer each of our medical textile products to ensure that they are of the highest quality. Our product offerings include anti-microbial fabrics, water repellent finishes using the latest chemical technology, and mesh for IV infusion bag support. We also offer extreme load-bearing fabrics that can be used as patient slings.

To make these products, we offer a range of medical textiles in various fiber types and finishes to ensure the broadest application reach. Our offerings include: